Ray Platte

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Ray Platte
Born Raymond George Platte, Jr.
(1925-09-03)September 3, 1925
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 21, 1963(1963-07-21) (aged 37)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Head injuries from racing accident
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
First race 1955 Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Raymond "Ray" Platte (September 3, 1925 – July 21, 1963) was a NASCAR Grand National driver from the American town of Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Platte only competed in the 1955 Southern 500,[1] racing for Harry Parry in a Chevrolet with a 25th-place finish.[2] In the process, he won $100 ($894.04 when adjusted for inflation) for his single-race NASCAR career.[1]

The "Virginia Gentleman" crashed into a wall during a 100-lap race at South Boston Speedway, sustaining a skull fracture.[3] He died the following day.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Driver information for Ray Platte". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Ray Platte's performance at the 1955 Southern 500". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Platte critically injured in mishap". The Progress-Index. Petersburg, Virginia. Associated Press. July 21, 1963. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Platte dies after crash at speedway". The Gazette-Virginian. South Boston, Virginia. July 25, 1963. 

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